Raccoons leaving messes on roofs off NW Albuquerque homeowners

Posted at: 08/29/2014 3:54 PM
Updated at: 08/29/2014 5:25 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

ALBUQUERQUE -- It's a peaceful neighborhood in northwest Albuquerque that overlooks the Rio Grande Nature Center. It's beautiful, but lately things have gotten a little messy.

Besides coyotes and skunks, neighbors at the Alvarado Gardens neighborhood in northwest Albuquerque have to deal with another concern. Raccoons - and what they leave behind.

"We get raccoons and skunks and coyotes and all kinds of stuff wandering the neighborhood at night," said lifelong resident Bruce Baumgartner. He, along with his neighbors, has to deal with the occasional raccoon dropping problem on the top of their homes.

"We find it on our roofs every once in a while. I imagine it could be kind of a concern from a health-risk point of view," he said.

It's been such a big problem lately that some neighbors have reached out to the neighborhood association.

Experts at the BioPark, like Valarie Chavez, say raccoons like one there named "Crockett", can leave messes behind.

"Depending on what they eat, they can leave a huge amount [of droppings behind]," Chavez said.

For Bruce, cleaning up after the raccoons is like cleaning out the gutters.

"A lot of the wildlife, unless they make a ruckus outside, you really don't know they're there. They come and go," he said.

The important thing is to use protection when you're cleaning up after these guys. If you ever come face-to-face with a raccoon, remember they can carry diseases.

Experts at the BioPark say the best way to clean the raccoon's dropping is the same way you would clean up after your dog.